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Best Time of Year: March - September
Giro Tuscany Compact
Join us on a truly wonderful journey through the very best of rural and untouched Italy. Experience historic cities, stunning river valleys, winding roads through the scenic Tuscan Hills, and visiting and staying in some of Europe's most famous hilltop towns! Oh and of course - don't forget the wonderful Italian food, wine and hospitality!
Our ride will take us from the famous world tourist spot of Pisa and its amazing leaning tower, on a wonderful voyage across the cornfields and rolling majesty of Tuscany.
Our ride takes in the famous hill top towns of Volterra, San Gimingnano, and Buonconvento, before returning via the incredible city of Siena. and through the special corner that is Chianti, then Regello on the fringes of the Appenines, before reaching Florence for one last night of culture before we head for home.
On our final day will be a shorter ride before our transfer to Pisa airport for a return flight home. This ride combines incredible scenery, awesome riding, and delicious food, all in one very memorable package.
Day 1 - Travel from UK - into Pisa Airport - you will be collected from the airport, and transferred to your bike rendezvous/assembly point. Assemble / collect bikes, and attend challenge event briefing. Quick lunch and then begin ride to Volterra the same afternoon - arrive early evening.
Day 2 - Volterra > San Gimignano > Siena (122km) - Breakfast 07:15 - depart by 08:30 - expected arriving mid to late afternoon - total distance - approx 120km (around 6-7 hours).
Day 3 - Siena > Gaiole in Chianti > Regello > Florence (110km) - Breakfast 07:30 - depart by 09:00 - stunning ride up through Chianti countryside - first coffee stop in pretty Gaiole, then great descent to Montevarchi to cross valley, climb up other side to Regello, before stunning balcony ride high above valley, then swoop down to Pontasieve for fast ride into Arno Valley. Total Distance - approx 110km - around 6-7 hours. Celebratory dinner in Florence, and a little time to explore after dinner.
Day 4 - Half day ride - approx 50km heading towards Pisa before our transfer back to the Airport and flight home. (Precise timings subject to flights)
We shall use good quality middle range hotels, with shower and toilet facilities each evening (en-suite) - but always clean, comfortable and full of character. The itinerary is organised on a B&B basis.
What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?
These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Please note this is an exclusive itinerary - which includes international flights, lunches and dinners. Most Adventure Cafe itineraries do not include international travel - but this event does.
Visas / Redtape
None required for this trip (if you are an EU citizen). If from further afield you will need to check requirements.
Included In Trip
Leader (experienced with first aid qualification), Support Vehicle back-up with driver/mechanic, Transfers for bikes to and from airport. Accommodation, Breakfasts. Packed Lunches, Dinners. Flights from UK - please note these will be at times to suit the itinerary and subject to price and availability.
Excluded From Trip
Alcoholic drinks. Bike Hire. Bike Flight supplement.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
Full cycling safety guidelines will be issued, as well as regular advice being issued from your cycling leaders. Please listen carefully to all instructions from your leaders.
This itinerary is normally run in either late spring or early summer, or late summer early autumn. At these times the temperatures will be warm without being too sweltering! But, as ever, we should be prepared for the full range of weathers - both hot and sunny and (less likely) cool and showery - be prepared!
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.
Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions
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